12 Modern Table Lamps for 2022
These expert-approved table lamps will instantly upgrade your space.
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Adding modern table lamps to your bedroom or living room is one of the high-end home décor touches interior designers rely on to add warmth, charm and updated style. Placing design-forward lamps with your existing living room lighting can also create depth and dimension.
“Light is the protagonist of all well-designed structures and we architects strive to find the balance between light and shade,” says Camille Colon, an architect and project manager whose work focuses on interiors and design. “Light is the most dramatic accessory of any space. Just the effect of the shadows from a lighting fixture creates texture on walls and ceilings.”
The best part? Choosing modern table lamps that instantly improve your space doesn’t have to be a wallet-busting experience. You’ll find tons of affordable-but-expensive-looking home accents on Amazon; bargain bin finds from Wayfair; cheapies from the Target home décor section; and plenty of other options that won’t break the bank.
The key to picking the right pieces? Staying on trend.
“Bold, large boho chic fixtures will be dominating the market in the year ahead,” Colon says. “This relaxed style is defined by the eclectic use of natural materials and a natural color palette. Modern table lamps using black and matte gold finishes will also be seen more than before.”
We found some of the best table lamp options for every type of room and budget. All match this year’s coming trends.
Threshold Polyresin Wood Accent Lamp
Aside from being the most affordable modern table lamps on this list, these polyresin wood-looking lights offer contemporary touches of nature-inspired texture and tone.
The contoured base is beautiful on its own, but this best-deal-ever lamp also includes one LED light bulb and a coordinating lamp shade. You can always swap out the bulb for an Alexa-paired smart light bulb.
Globe Electric D’Alessio Table Lamp
Matte black tones are in for every room of the house, and these sophisticated Globe Electric D’Alessio table lamps boast an eye-catching architectural base. A pair of these on your nightstands will look like master bedroom jewelry instead of ho-hum utility lighting system pieces. They also include a linen lampshade that looks far more expensive than it is.
If you’re not ready to make a move as bold as matte black, you can also score this style in brushed nickel and gold finishes. Choose from 20-inch and 24-inch sizes.
Monterey Table Lamp Set
Sure, these sculptural table lamps look great on any surface, but that’s hardly the best part. They also include USB docks for charging your favorite devices, and the slim 26-inch size adds height and dimension to your room. The metal base and cross-body style work just as well with modern-feeling houses as updated farmhouse style pieces.
For another sculptural lamp idea, these doughnut lamps offer a unique light shape.
Mainstays Ceramic Table Lamp
The creamy beige tone works well in rooms with trendy whitescape or neutral palettes, and areas requiring a more subtle design approach. The lamp also includes a coordinating shade. It tops out at 17 inches, ideal for a small bedside lamp.
Benchmade Modern Knuckle Table Lamp
Feeling bold? This minimalist exposed bulb is one of the most visually-interesting modern table lamps on the market. Its combination of natural wood cylinders with satin brass and a wow-worthy Voronoi I LED bulb makes for an artwork-like piece.
This is definitely the conversation-starting lamp you’d like to have on your desk or bedroom nightstands to keep the bright ideas coming.
CB2 Ada Brass Table Lamp
Available in an on-trend brass finish or white-and-gray marble, this mod-style lamp is a sleek addition to any surface. The tulip-shaded base and ivory jute drum shade add character and a dash of warm texture.
NuLoom Emma Clear Glass Table Lamp
This 24-inch beauty adds a larger slice of life to entryway tables, nightstands next to king-size beds and other larger-format countertops. The gold-tone metal finish offers modern styling next to the cotton shade that delivers cheerful ambient light.
If you’re feeling really bold, fill the interior glass space with special mementos or themed items like sand and shells for a modern beach house.
Lynby Double Globe Table Lamp
Consider this sharp-looking double-globe style for open-concept living room side tables. It coordinates seamlessly with your boldest dining room chandelier ideas and offers one of the most interesting takes on modern table lamps.
It draws inspiration from old library lamps while nodding to current trends, thanks to a 22-inch width that’s nearly squared with its 20-1/2-inch height. The iron frame with black powder coating is also a breeze to wipe down.
Clybourn Table Lamp
Add whimsy to any room with this smart black-and-white lamp, which plays on the classic color combination with polka dots and stripes. It adds texture to a neutral room with white and black tones, or a pop of cheer to a child’s nightstand. At 22 inches tall, it looks good on most tabletops.
Elegant Designs Modern Leather Table Lamp
Here’s yet another affordable Walmart find. The Elegant Designs modern table lamp features a supple leather-style finished base. It comes in six shades, from soft neutrals to bright pops of pink.
At just under 10 inches tall, it’s perfect for small living spaces that require space-saving beds and bedroom tables while offering enough light for evening reading. It includes a smart fabric shade.
Fraiser Modern Cone Table Lamp
The faux wood finish of this modern table lamp’s bolsters nature-themed décor and adds warmth to all types of spaces. An architecturally significant ball finial at the top balances the cone shape, and an oatmeal-toned beige drum lamp shade finishes it off.
At 23 inches high, this lamp offers an elongated body that doesn’t stretch too high. Did we mention how incredibly affordable this bestseller is? It’s about $45, so go ahead and add two to your cart.
Colby Antique Gold Desk Lamp
As if this tabletop stunner wasn’t appealing enough, it comes with a built-in outlet and USB port for all the modern conveniences in your life.
It’s the perfect combination of antique-finished charm and up-to-date technology. It even clears clutter from your nightstands and side tables by eliminating the need for extra plugs and tech gadgets. At 21 inches tall, it fits well in small and medium-size rooms.